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Devon & Exeter Branch - Dining Secretary

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Devon & Exeter Branch – Dining Secretary

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October 2019

Devon & Exeter Branch: Dinner & Talk by Vic Marks ‘The Broadcasting Phenomena that is Test Match Special’

October 16, 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Exeter Golf & Country Club, Topsham Road
Exeter, EX277AE United Kingdom
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What is it about a radio programme that is about cricket but which  appeals as much to those who have no interest or knowledge of the game as its aficionados? As one critic said ‘If you want the best of the English and the best English, there is nothing to beat Test Match Special. It is just such a joy to listen to.  There is something so quintessentially English and ‘summery’ about having TMS on in the background’.  With his…

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November 2019

Devon & Exeter Branch: Lunch & Talk ‘The Life, Times and Legacy of Nancy, Lady Astor’

November 20, 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Exeter Golf & Country Club, Topsham Road
Exeter, EX277AE United Kingdom
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In 1919 Lady Nancy Astor was the first woman to take her seat in the House of Commons. She was MP for Plymouth until 1945. Born in the US in 1879, in 1906 she married Lord (Waldorf) Astor, the  owner of Clivedon. In parliament she supported social issues including the rights of women and the welfare of children. She became increasingly controversial, for example supporting appeasement with Germany. Alexis Bowater began her journalistic career as a reporter for the Exeter…

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December 2019

Devon & Exeter Branch: Black Tie Dinner, ‘Moguls, Mayhem and Movies”, illustrated story of early Hollywood’

December 11, 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Exeter Golf & Country Club, Topsham Road
Exeter, EX277AE United Kingdom
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Martin Fisher has had a lifelong interest in cinema since his grandfather took him to see ‘Pinocchio’. The title of his talk speaks for itself and will include many film extracts from those early days of cinema. Born in Windsor, Martin was educated at St George’s School, Windsor Castle, where he was a chorister. He sang at the funeral of King George V1, recorded 78 rpm records for HMV and broadcast Choral Evensong for the BBC. Leaving school, Martin joined…

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January 2020

Devon & Exeter Branch: Lunch & Talk on Music of the Holocaust by Professor Shirli Gilbert

Wednesday, 15th January 2020, 12:30 pm
Exeter Golf & Country Club, Topsham Road
Exeter, EX277AE United Kingdom
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An extraordinary range of musical activities, both forced and voluntary, took place in the Nazi ghettos and camps, from the earliest internment centres established in 1933 until the liberation in 1945. The musical works these prisoners created are extraordinary documents from the time: fragments recovered from the rubble of war and genocide; monuments to the lives that were destroyed. In this talk, which will feature many film extracts, Shirli Gilbert, professor of Modern History at Southampton University with a specialism in Jewish History and particularly the Holocaust, will highlight original music from this period, including some rare post-war recordings. The songs offer rich insight into victims’ experiences, conveying the uncertain and shifting perspectives of prisoner communities as they made sense of lived reality.

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February 2020

Devon & Exeter Branch: Lunch & Talk, ‘Churchill’s Great Game’, rethinking the origins of the Cold War

Wednesday, 19th February 2020, 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Exeter Golf & Country Club, Topsham Road
Exeter, EX277AE United Kingdom
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Join Devon & Exeter Branch for lunch followed by a fascinating talk by Professor Richard Toye “Churchill’s Great Game”, rethinking the origins of the Cold War Richard Toye is Professor of Modern History at the University of Exeter. He is a specialist in the history of rhetoric and is the author of numerous articles and several books, including ‘Rhetoric: A Very Short Introduction’ and ‘The Roar of the Lion: The Untold Story of Churchill’s World War II Speeches’. His book…

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March 2020

Devon & Exeter Branch: Lunch & Talk ‘Principles, Pragmatism and Politics…’

Wednesday, 18th March 2020, 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Exeter Golf & Country Club, Topsham Road
Exeter, EX277AE United Kingdom
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Join Devon & Exeter Branch for a lunch followed by a talk on "Principles, Pragmatism and Politics - the making of public policy in the UK - and why it affects us all" by Professor Tony Stoller CBE. Professor Stoller graduated with degrees in both history and law from Cambridge. He has had many important roles in both the private and public sectors, including Principal Director of the John Lewis Partnership, Chair of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and Chief Executive…

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April 2020

Devon & Exeter Branch: Annual Black Tie Dinner

Wednesday, 22nd April 2020, 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Exeter Golf & Country Club, Topsham Road
Exeter, EX277AE United Kingdom
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Devon & Exeter Branch's annual Black Tie Dinner with a talk autobiographical talk from Billy “Scratch” Hitchen. At the end of the Easter holidays in 1963, Billy ‘Scratch’  Hitchen, instead of returning to school in Salcombe, having already been expelled by his mother, who was the head of East Portlemouth School, chose to run away to sea: he was just 14. Before the age of 19, he had sailed round the world 5 times. From Cape Horn to the Indian…

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May 2020

Devon & Exeter Branch: Lunch & Talk by Fran Unsworth “The Public Service Role of the BBC…”

Friday, 22nd May 2020, 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Exeter Golf & Country Club, Topsham Road
Exeter, EX277AE United Kingdom
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Join Devon & Exter Branch for Lunch followed by an informative talk on “The Public Service Role of the BBC in the Gathering and Broadcasting of News and Current Affairs” by Fran Unsworth. Francesca Mary ("Fran") Unsworth is a journalist and media executive. Fran began her broadcasting career in local radio, working in Leicester and Bristol, before becoming producer of Radio 1's Newsbeat. In 1990 she moved to Radio 4 and was based in Washington as a radio producer for…

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